A Senate health care reform plan to be unveiled yesterday meets President Barack Obama’s goals on costs and deficit reduction, budget analysts said, a finding that could boost its chances in a sharply divided Senate.


After weeks of closed-door talks to merge two Senate bills, Democratic leader Harry Reid will release legislation the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said would cost $849 billion over 10 years — well within Obama’s $900 billion goal.


A Senate aide said the CBO also estimated the Senate plan will reduce the deficit by $127 billion over 10 years, while cutting the number of uninsured by 31 million.